Silvio Orlando deserves an Emmy for his role as Voiello, the Vatican’s secretary of state. This veteran of the Italian film industry is the standout in the stellar cast, as the complicated Cardinal.
And there are so many other complex characters, from Cardinal Dussolier (Scott Shepherd), A Cardinal based in Honduras and the Pope’s childhood friend) to Spencer (James Cromwell) the Pope’s mentor and rival, to Sister Mary (Diane Keaton), the nun who raised and mothered him in the orphanage.
There’s Gorgeous Cinematography from veteran DP Luca Bigazzi, the guy who’s responsible for the eye-popping and artistic photography in most of director Paolo Sorrentino’s work.
There’s a new Hot Pope in town. Pope Pius XIII is cruel, chain-smoking, hard-headed and humorless, but he’s still Jude Law, after all.
It’s Funny. Cardinals hiding in bushes, a papal panic button, and Napoli soccer mania add comic relief to the emotional drama.
It’s a Mystery, and not just the regular, mortal, human being kind, but the Catholic Church one with saints, miracles, and all out mystical events which can never be known unless revealed by God. Pope Lenny may be more than just a ordinary mortal.
(The Vatican May Not Agree But) it’s not unfair or unkind to the Catholic Church. Sorrentino said of it, “The Young Pope is about the clear signs of God’s existence. The clear signs of God’s absence. How faith can be searched for and lost.” Though Vatican power brokers are at times pretty despicable, they are at the same time compassionate, introspective, and human.
There’s a little girl power and Diane Keaton’s just the girl to provide it. She’s called to advise the Pope and is always ready to give him a little more advice than he actually wants.
The soundtrack is eclectic and surreal, and you can hear for yourself: GET THE YOUNG POPE SOUNDTRACK
It’s Bursting With Love For Mankind. You don’t have to be Catholic, Christian, or even a believer in God to appreciate Sorrentino’s tender story of the orphan turned Pope, the people who love him, the people that hate him, and the church that are guided by him.